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The effects of beneficiation by washing and selective demineralisation based on the magnetic separation of microwave pre-treated samples, on the spontaneous heating tendency and thermal description of coals of South Eastern Coalfields, India using crossing point temperature and thermal analysis technique are presented.

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Acta Physiologica Hungarica
Authors: B. Pál, Z. Rusznák, Cs. Harasztosi and G. Szűcs

Depolarization-activated outward currents of bushy neurones of 6-14-day-old Wistar rats have been investigated in a brain slice preparation. Under current-clamp, the cells produced a single action potential at the beginning of suprathreshold depolarizing current steps. On voltage-clamp depolarizations, the cells produced a mixed outward K+ current that included a component with rapid activation and rapid inactivation, little TEA+ sensitivity, a half-inactivation voltage of -77 ± 2 mV (T = 25 °C; n = 7; Mean ± S.E.M.) and single-exponential recovery from inactivation (trecovery

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The solid state reactions between ferrous oxalate dihydrate i.e. FeC2O4.2H2O and unsubstituted/ substituted aniline hydrochlorides have been studied. The products [FeCl/oxH/. AN-Cl] have been characterized by elemental analysis, infrared and Mössbauer spectroscopic techniques. The kinetic studies for the reactions have been performed at various temperatures for fixed particle sizes at constant compaction. The following order of reactivity has been observed: unsubstituted > p-substituted > m-substituted o-substituted.

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Acta Physiologica Hungarica
Authors: A Bandyopadhyay, R Dalui, S Pal, I Bhattacharjee, B Goswami and AS Roy

Rapid economic and industrial growths imposed significant impact on human health including the pulmonary health. Questions were raised regarding the validity of the existing prediction norms of pulmonary function tests (PFTs) in a particular population. The present study was conducted to investigate the applicability of the existing norms for PFTs in young healthy non-smoking female university students of Kolkata, India. Significant difference was noted in vital capacity (VC), forced vital capacity (FVC), and forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) when the present data were compared with the earlier study in similar population. Correlation statistic revealed significant relationship of age and body height with all the PFT parameters. Body mass had significant correlation with VC, FVC, FEV1 as a percentage of FVC (FEV1%), and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). Regression equations have been computed for predicting PFTs from age and body height. There has been a change of PFTs in the studied population for the last couple of decades due to increased environmental pollution in the course of economical and industrial developments. Regression equations computed in this study are not only recommended to predict PFT parameters in the studied population, but they are also considered more reliable owing to their substantially smaller standard error of estimate than those proposed in the previous study.

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The prevalence, the level and the avidity of human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) specific IgG were examined in pregnant women and age-matched female blood donors. The study group consisted of 180 women (age 14-45); 60 women with normal pregnancy, 60 pregnant women with fetuses suspected of having any viral infection and 60 healthy blood donors with no history of pregnancy. Plasma or serum samples were tested for HHV-6 IgG antibodies by an immunofluorescence assay. Ninety-eight percent of blood donors and 97% of 120 pregnant women had IgG antibodies to HHV-6. The rate of seropositivity in women  with normal pregnancies  and women with fetuses suspected to have viral infection was the same. Pregnant women (n=120) had significantly lower antibody titer than blood donors. No significant differences were found in the same respect between the two groups of pregnant women. Low avidity of IgG antibodies to HHV-6 was detected in 5% of pregnant women.

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The present paper based on experimental results contains discussions and suggestions on the possible use of fine-powder Al2O3 and SiO2 with their original content of microimpurities of up to 40 elements, as multielement standards for neutron activation analysis. For example, activation analysis of As, Au, Ba, Cr, Cs, Fe, Ga, K, Ni, Sb, Sc, Se, Sr, Ta, Th, Ti, U, W, Zn, Zr and the REE La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Tm, Yb contained in SiO2 powder off MERCK reagents showed their concentrations to be 0.1 to 5% of those in IAEA standard SL-1. In Al2O3 this level is even lower, approximately 10 times and more for the majority of the above-mentioned elements. As Al2O3 and SiO2 are good sorbents for the majority of elements, additional introduction of some elements may allow more methods of analysis. The homogeneity of Al2O3 and SiO2 samples both in the original state and after introduction of some elements was determined by neutron activation analysis, and the SD did not exceed 1% for an Al2O3 sample weight of 0.1 g, and 2% for SiO2.

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The Madaras brickyard section found at the northernmost fringe of the Backa loess plateau is one of the thickest and best-developed last glacial loess sequences of Central Europe. In the present work high-resolution magnetic susceptibility measurements (at 2 cm) were implemented on samples from the 10 m-section corresponding to a period between 29 and 11 KY cal b2K. One aim was to compare the findings with the ice core records of northern Greenland in order to establish a high-resolution paleoclimatic record for the last climatic cycle and with findings documented in other biotic and abiotic proxies so far. Our results revealed a strong variability of loess/paleosol formation during MIS 2. Millennial time-scale climatic events that characterize the North Atlantic during the last climatic cycle have been identified. From 29 ka up to the start of the LGM, the recorded MS values show a weak, negative correlation with the temperature proxy, and a weak positive correlation with the dust concentration of Greenland. A strong correlation was observed with the local paleotemperatures. Local climatic factors must have had a more prominent effect here on loess/paleosol development than the climate shifts over Greenland. During the LGM the same pattern is seen with a stronger correlation with the dust concentrations and a weaker correlation with the local temperature. Local climatic factors, plus dust accumulation, must have had a prominent influence on loess/paleosol development here. From the terminal part of the LGM a strong positive correlation of the MS values with the temperature proxy for Greenland accompanied by a strong negative correlation with the dust concentration values is observed. Correlation with local paleotemperatures is positive and moderate, strong. Here climate shifts over Greenland, as well as local endowments equally had an important role on the development of the MS signal.

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